Reconsider 'Reconsider'; Updated

Monday, November 28, 2011

In light of recent discussions and the Reconsider movement designed to convince Governor Palin to reconsider her decision not to run for President, seen most notably in an Iowa television ad and Fox News interview, I posted the following on Conservatives4Palin:

Conservatives4Palin is a community of people with one goal. That goal is expressed quite clearly in the name of our site. We are conservatives who stand for Governor Palin. We stand for her efforts to impact America. And we stand for the principles that she personifies. We were never a Draft Palin site, and our support of her never hinged on whether or not she chose to be Commander-in-Chief. In other words, our support comes with no strings attached. This, perhaps, is what separates us from the fans of many public figures. We, to be clear, are not fans. We are supporters who choose to be here. We do what we do out of respect for what Governor Palin represents. We do it with our hearts and our talents, and it is our pleasure.

Having said that, while we have the same goal, we don't always agree on what that looks like. Nothing has made that more clear to me than this Reconsider movement that has surged. Until recently, I have kept my feelings to myself, as I really didn't want to get caught up in the daily discussions on the topic. However, I will remain silent no more. Yes, I will be respectful, but silence isn't the answer. I have strong feelings on the subject, and it's time to put them out there. The chips will fall where they may, and I'm fine with that.

Like everyone who knows who Governor Palin is, who respects her common sense, who values her wealth of experience and plentiful accomplishments, I wanted her to run for President. It took some time for me to wrap my brain around her decision not to do so. But it was necessary that I reached that point. It was the healthy, respectful thing to do.

So hear my heart in this.

At her core, the Governor is a person of deep faith. She did not make her decision lightly, which we all should know, especially since many were quite vocal about how long it took her to make that decision. Because I know her character, I know that she sought God's direction in this. Nobody wants her to fulfill her purpose more than she does, nobody has been impacted by this process more than she has, and nobody labored in prayer concerning this more than she did. Through that intense seeking, she found her answer: not now. As I see it, repeatedly asking her to reconsider not doing something she obviously believes God has directed her not to do is disrespectful--albeit well-intentioned--and shows a lack of understanding of how she operates. She is simply not going to disobey God to please people. That's not who she is. Now, I believe things could change in a heartbeat, but not because of people trying to force her hand. If she chose to get in the race, it would be because that's the direction she feels God has led her. Man's efforts in this regard are futile. She already knows what we want, and she has thanked us for believing in her, but this decision was bigger than we are.

Some have said, "If she didn't like the Reconsider movement, why hasn't she addressed it? She hasn't done anything to stop it." I beg to differ. She said she wasn't running. She said more than once she has no regrets. She said her supporters should respect her decision. What more could she possibly say? Why should she have to say she's not reconsidering? She never said she was. I believe that up until now she has said nothing about the movement specifically because she recognizes that she would spend every waking moment saying the same thing she's already said, and it wouldn't change a thing for some people. Some would still think she's flashing symbols, plotting maneuvers, and about to drop the bomb--metaphorical, of course--any moment. I'm sure she appreciates every guesture, but I also think we should truly respect her decision, not just in word but in deed.

There are some who believe that Governor Palin didn't mean a thing she said on October 5th. They believe she has intended all along to run and is just playing a game with people, making some strategic political move. That, too, isn't who she is. Yes, she's savvy, and holds her cards close to her vest, but she's not stringing us along. We, of all people, should know that. I believe it's time we take her at her word. It's time we come to understand that she really is the person we have said she is. She is not the typical politician. She is a woman of integrity. We say it, but do we believe it?

Many people got involved to make the Iowa television ad a reality. It was a well-done ad, though something I did not support. I feel it would have been perfect before she made her wishes known. Now, however, I believe it simply fuels this insistence in people to get the Governor to do something she has told us she isn't going to do. That concerns me. Disagree with me if you will, but I find that kind of insistence unhealthy. I believe that our money could better be spent supporting the Governor in other ways. I'm sure SarahPAC could use the finances. I'm sure that money could be saved to donate to the candidate Governor Palin endorses, if she chooses to endorse. Now, I don't pretend to speak for her, but I find it hard to believe that she would feel comfortable with people pouring their hard-earned money, during such difficult times, into something she has stated she is not going to do. Of course, people are free to do what they want with their own money, but I can only imagine the Governor cringing at this. We can agree to disagree, but that's my humble opinion, based on her principles. So while the ad states that it was authorized by C4P, the truth is C4P is made up of various people with various perspectives, and judging from my communications with the C4P staff, as well as reading C4P comments, we are not all on the same page with this.

Conservatives4Palin has been fortunate enough to be considered among the cream of the crop in all things Palin. With that status comes a certain responsibility to act responsibly. As far as I'm concerned, any decision to engage in never-ending Make Palin Reconsider efforts is not acting responsibly, not on the Governor's behalf and not on behalf of the people who have found us worthy of their time and attention. Therefore, I deem such efforts to be a violation of the trust placed in us. This is why I have chosen to publicly post my perspective on this highly-charged issue.

And highly-charged it is. Too often those who have voiced disagreement with the Reconsider movement, those who have decided to simply take the Governor at her word, are branded as non-supporters or deserters. Be sure to check a person's track record before those kinds of accusations. I am certain that my record speaks for itself. I am indeed for Palin. It is because I am that I feel so passionate about this issue. I feel drawn to showing her the respect that she deserves, trusting that her 2012 decision was one of the most difficult ones she's ever had to make. I am committed to standing by her side in whichever direction she takes. She is certainly not done making an impact, taking a stand against corruption in government, and fighting for the future of America. Therefore, I am certainly not done supporting her. I have said since 2008 that as long as she remains on the right side of right, wherever the road leads, I will travel it with her.

While I knew that this would be an article that would cause some people annoyance, I hope all have heard my heart in this. I have great appreciation for the many people who have invested themselves into their support of Governor Palin. I trust that as we observe the roads God takes her--or doesn't take her--down, we will honor her decisions, we will respect one another even when we passionately disagree, and we will continue to be for her. For me, part of that process is taking her at her word, focusing on what I can do to promote what she's committed to now, and watching the mighty impact we will make. Now, that is the kind of earthquake that will do her proud.

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I added the following update as a result of the plethora of comments over at C4P. It's been a lively debate.

Update: There have been many comments made, quite passionate ones, concerning this article. Some have been most respectful, others not so much. Nonetheless, that's what sometimes happens when people begin to discuss issues that matter most to them. I love passion, though passion tempered with respect is preferable, and I thank those who demonstrated that.

As I finalize my comments on this particular thread, let me clarify something that many people obviously missed. I never said Governor Palin would never be President. What I stressed was that any change for 2012 would be the result of Governor Palin's believing she's been led in that direction, not people trying to force her hand. It would come because she felt, through prayer, that she was to take that path. I never said I didn't want her to be President, and I certainly never said I was so very excitedly throwing my support behind someone else. I, like every common sense American who knows her record and principles, want her to be President. More than that, however, I want her to obey the leading she receives. If those two things collide, great. If not, so be it. I will take her at her word, respectfully. I trust God to do whatever He chooses to do. As for me, I will do what I've been doing for three years now--supporting her and consistently praying that His will be done for her and her family, as many other supporters have been doing. As I've said more times than I can count, big things are in store for the Governor. She will fulfill her destiny, and whatever that is, I'm all for it. But an ongoing Reconsider movement, as far as I'm concerned, isn't the answer. It won't change her mind. But God...well, again, He can do anything. If you didn't get that from the article, you missed my point. If you got it but still don't like it, well, it is what it is. We will have to agree to disagree.

Onward and upward.

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The Tebow-Palin Connection

Sunday, November 27, 2011

An insightful, inspiring article about the similarities between NFL wonder, Tim Tebow, and tea party wonder woman, Governor Sarah Palin, can be found at American Thinker:

Tim Tebow is really annoying to certain people in a Sarah Palin sort of way. Whenever Tim or Sarah shows up, an uncomfortable feeling accompanies him or her, and it's called conviction. One definition for "convict" is "to impress with a sense of guilt." That is precisely what Tim Tebow and Sarah Palin are guilty of: impressing shame and remorse upon America that it would prefer to avoid.

The Palin family has been mocked and derided for many reasons, including baby boy Trig, born with Down Syndrome. This past spring, after former Gov. Palin posted a birthday tribute to her son, former Wonkette writer Jack Stuef called Trig a "magic intellectually disabled baby prop." Stuef questioned "Trig's parentage, implying he was conceived in incest, and used the R word." Stuef has since apologized and said he regretted using the word "retarded," but he stands by his criticism of Palin.

By approving of and promoting policies that destroy innocent human life, the left is hateful enough. However, when a conservative public figure "chooses" life, what emanates from hate-spewing liberals amounts to a new level of vitriol.

That rage is evidenced by liberal reactions to Sarah Palin, who celebrates the life of a child whom some liberals would deem a disposable burden on society. Palin said it so well in a 2011 Thanksgiving tribute to Trig when she shared:
Through Trig, I see firsthand that there is man's standard of perfection, and then there is God's. Man's standard is flawed, temporary, and shallow. God's standard lasts an eternity. At the end of the day, His is what matters.

And what about that pesky Tim Tebow? In 1987, Tim's mother Pam chose to grant her son the gift of life. Pregnant and suffering from a life-threatening infection, Pam Tebow, a missionary with her husband Robert to the Philippines, was told that her and Robert's child would be stillborn. Rather than take the advice of her doctor and abort, Pam Tebow chose to trust God.

Both mother and baby survived, and today, much like Sarah and Trig Palin, Pam and Tim Tebow both pose a problematic contradiction to one of the strongest arguments abortion advocates use when arguing to justify disposing of the unborn.

To this day, 24 years after proving the doctor wrong, starting quarterback for the Denver Broncos Tim Tebow remains downright annoying. Every time he makes an appearance on the football field, without opening his mouth, the abortion survivor takes all the fun out of the sport. Why? Because pro-choice America is forced to look into the face of a strapping miracle child whose mother put his life ahead of her own.

To make matters worse, not only did the Tebow family allow the child to be born, but they then did the unthinkable and raised him to be a devout Christian.

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Not only does abortion survivor Tim Tebow live, but as a staunch follower of Jesus Christ, he is a source of double-conviction in a godless world where devotion to sports often supersedes commitment to God.

Based on the left's reaction, seems Trig Palin and Tim Tebow are huge thorns in the side of pro-choice America. So are their mothers, who, if they'd only exercised the right to choose, would have made life a lot more comfortable for those who would rather avoid dredging up past mistakes.

Read the full article here, which includes comments by two people voicing their utter disdain for Tim Tebow's unabashed faith. It seems they would rather he hide it in a corner. I can't help but wonder why it bothers them so much. Perhaps this article hits the nail right on the head.

(h/t Nicole Coulter)

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Summoning Palin's Endorsement

Saturday, November 26, 2011

As the GOP presidential candidates face ebbs and flows in their campaigns, there is no wonder Governor Palin's endorsement has been sought-after. Real Clear Politics has speculated where the Governor may place her support, but that remains to be seen. What is already quite clear is the candidates know the power the Governor holds. As the 2010 mid-terms elections revealed, her stamp of approval is able to positively influence a campaign, sparking both boots-on-the-ground support and finances. No doubt this is why immediately after announcing her decision not to seek the 2012 GOP nomination, a Palin endorsement was vehemently summoned.

Whomever she chooses to endorse for 2012, if anyone at all, will have a huge base of support from which to draw. While it is not likely that each of Governor Palin's supporters will back the person she backs, many of them are, in fact, waiting for her to say the word. They will then lend their support to that individual, for they believe her choice will be the most common sense choice for defeating President Obama, someone most in line with her values--values they share.

Mark Whittington writes:

The most sought-after endorsement of this political cycle will be from a woman who holds no political office and is not currently seeking one. That is why each of the Republican candidates have done the equivalent of kissing Sarah Palin's ring.

So how, according to Whittington, will the Governor reach such an important decision?
The criteria Palin will use to determine who to endorse will be who will be best for the country, in her judgment, and only secondarily who will be best for her own political fortunes. Palin has some definite ideas about how the United States should be governed, particularly in the suppression of honest graft in the congress and crony capitalism. Whomever is best suited to advance her agenda will get her endorsement.

And just what would a Governor Palin endorsement accomplish?
Palin's endorsement would take a struggling campaign and take it to the top tier. It would take a surging campaign and send it over the top. It could be the difference between getting to accept the nomination at next year's convention or just being third from the right on the stage during the unity demonstration.

Read the full article here.

(h/t Josh Painter)

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Happy Thanksgiving: What I'm Learning that I Thought I Knew

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving!

I have so much for which to be thankful. God has richly blessed my family, and these riches have nothing to do with money. Some things money simply cannot buy. What's amazing to me is how in the midst of difficult times and challenges we can feel the most blessed. God is showing me His incredible love and power--over and over again. So I stand on His precious promises, and I relish in the gifts with which He showers us every day, every.single.day. I am learning that while we don't have to like our circumstances or be happy for them, we can have joy in the midst of them--through Christ. Isn't it something how we've thought for the longest time that we knew these things, then realize that we didn't know as much as we thought we did? May we never stop learning.

The Lord has given me such a testimony of His healing and miracle working power. I am literally seeing this before my eyes. Oh yes, I have so much to thank God for!

God bless you all abundantly.

Philippians 4:6-7 - Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

Isaiah 53:4-5 - Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.

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Gov. Palin's Thanksgiving Reflections

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Governor Palin granted David Brody an exclusive Thanksgiving message to beat all others. What better message could there be than one from a mother about her beautiful son who happens to have special needs?

Below is part of David Brody's introduction to the article:

Sarah Palin has sent The Brody File some personal Thanksgiving reflections. She talks movingly about her young son Trig. It is truly a heartfelt letter that gives God all the glory.

Governor Palin continues to inspire many, not just families of individuals with Down Syndrome, but so many of us who believe there is value in every life.

The Governor reflects:
On Thanksgiving, my family's traditions will reflect the loyal, active, robust, big family life that shaped me. We're so fortunate to be together to share the making of another year's memory. In these late autumn days with temperatures dipping to 20-degrees below zero, we'll brave Alaska's biting cold to run and skate and ride - just because we can, and for that I am so thankful. Life in America's Last Frontier is not an easy living, but it's a good living. Here in Alaska, where I'm never without inspiration, an optimistic pioneering spirit still permeates, and harsh conditions force us out of self-centeredness and towards community - often in order to survive.

This need for selflessness - and the blessings that come with it - sharpened for me almost four years ago when I was given the gift of broader horizons, clarified priorities, and more commitment to justice and compassion for my fellow man who faces challenges and fears. I was granted this through a gift that arrived in a tiny, six-pound, awe-inspiring bundle. We named him Trig.

I know America's potential for goodness, thus greatness, because I see it every day through my son. Nothing makes me happier or prouder than to see America's good heart when someone smiles at my Trig. I notice it happens often in airports. Often a traveler passing by does a double-take when they see him, perhaps curious about the curious look on his face; perhaps my son momentarily exercises an uncontrollable motion that takes the passerby by surprise. Perhaps, as an innocent and candid child announced when she first met Trig, they think "he's awkward." But when that traveler pauses to look again and smile, and maybe tells me what a handsome boy I have, I swell with American pride. I am so thankful for their good heart. They represent the best in our country and their kindness shows the real hope we need today.

I am thankful that, as in so many areas of life, the bitter people who say bitter things about someone facing challenges are so outnumbered. There have been stinging criticisms, even from people still screaming that Trig should never have been born, but we know those critics may be the loudest and most malicious, but they're not the majority.

To me, when individuals reflect the greater societal acceptance of someone facing challenges, they show the best of humanity - even by offering a simple pat on Trig's head or a knowing smile shot our way. Conversely, when a society works to eliminate the "weakest links" (as some would callously consider the disabled) or "the unproductive" (as some would callously consider the very young and the very old), it eliminates the very best of itself. When a society seeks to destroy them, it also destroys any ability or need for sincere compassion, empathy, improvement, and even goodwill. And those are the very best qualities of humanity! Those are the characteristics of a country that understands and embraces true hope! America can be compassionate and strong enough as a nation to be entrusted with those who some see as an "inconvenience," but who are really our greatest blessings. Through Trig, I see firsthand that there is man's standard of perfection, and then there is God's. Man's standard is flawed, temporary, and shallow. God's standard lasts an eternity. At the end of the day, His is what matters.

So, this Thanksgiving my family will bundle Trig up and grin while we watch him through ice-frosted eyelashes as he curiously takes in all that is around him in the crisp open air. I hope your Thanksgiving gives you the opportunity to find that reminder of what really matters, too. For me, my perfect picture of thankfulness is my perfectly awesome son. With him, all is well with my soul and I know I am blessed.

God bless the Palins.

(h/t C4P)

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Stephen Bannon on Governor Palin's 'Grit, Tenacity and Fortitude'

Monday, November 21, 2011

Stephen Bannon, producer of The Undefeated, the documentary about Governor Palin's career, penned a Human Events article about the Governor and the film. It's worth a full read. In the meantime, here are some excerpts:

Why did Bannon make this movie?

I repeatedly get asked: “Why would you make a movie about Sarah Palin​–what could we possibly not already know about her?”

The answer is quite simply, “everything that’s important.”

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And what story exactly is that? The rise of a woman from complete obscurity to national prominence through her own force of will and sense of justice.

Who is Sarah Palin?
Sarah Palin is the little guy in “Walmart Nation:” just as obscure, just as powerless, just as insignificant. And that is precisely why she is a role model for young men and women. She didn’t have a rich daddy, she didn’t marry a wealthy or connected husband, she doesn’t have an Ivy League union card. What she did have was the grit, tenacity and fortitude to accomplish great things against almost insurmountable odds.

It is those attributes that are the underpinnings of the American frontier and our success as a country: the “can do” spirit, and a doggedness that just won’t quit. That’s The Undefeated.

What sets her apart from others?
She is the most anti-establishment figure in modern political history, from her time on the Wasilla city council through her “crony capitalism” speech against the “permanent political class” at the Iowa Classic Balloon Field on Labor Day weekend 2011, this is someone who has stood by the side of the working men and women of this country, at every level, for the last 20 years.

And that is why she is a leader who deserves our attention. Because she is not a stamped-out assembly line political drone, rather, she is a force of nature.

Read the full article here.

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'The Undefeated' Arrives in Wasilla, Alaska

Friday, November 18, 2011

The Undefeated, Stephen Bannon's documentary about Governor Palin's career in Alaska, is finally coming to the Governor's state and hometown. People in various states around the country have enjoyed the film, but those closest to its subject weren't able to see it on the big screen. That drought ends this weekend, as it will be shown where it should have opened up to begin with.

The Frontiersman reports:

Folks in Alaska have their first opportunity to see the movie “The Undefeated” on the big screen Monday.

Sponsored by the Valley Republican Women’s Club, the Alaska screening also includes a meet-and-greet event with the movie’s creator and producer, Stephen Bannon, from 4 to 6 p.m., Sunday at Colony Inn in Palmer. Tickets are $50 each or $75 per couple and include a light meal and a chance to speak one-on-one with Bannon.

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“We’ve been actually trying to do this since August,” Bannon said.

Past Valley Republican Women’s Club president Julie Gillette said she met Bannon on Facebook before seeing the film. After watching “Undefeated” on pay-per-view at a friends’ house, Gillette said she contacted Bannon again and told him how much she’d enjoyed the movie and that she hoped he’d have a chance to come to Wasilla and show the movie someday.

“It’s fantastic to have the filmmaker here with the film,” Gillette said Friday.

While Bannon’s in Alaska, he said he also plans to record his weekly radio show here, which airs on KABC AM in Los Angeles.

Bannon said while “The Undefeated” focuses on Sarah Palin’s story, it resonates far deeper than just one person’s personal story.

“This film is very timely,” he said. “What started in the Mat-Su Valley with a little unknown mayor of a little unknown town has had national implications.”

Bannon said he plans to speak before the film and draw parallels between what happened in Alaska and what is happening in the country.

The movie tracing the political career of Sarah Palin plays at 6 p.m., Nov. 21 at the Wasilla Alaska Club Theater. Suggested donation is $5 and seating is limited to 150 people.

For more information, to reserve a seat or to purchase a ticket to the meet-and-greet, contact Harmony Shields at informedgirl@gmail.com or 315-5038.

(h/t Kenton)

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Video: Governor Palin Discusses Crony Capitalism and 2012 with Hannity

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Below is the video of Governor Palin's interview with Sean Hannity tonight where she tackled crony capitalism, discussed the 2012 race, and responded to the question about whether she regrets not entering the race. Concerning cronyism, she suggests that we all read Peter Schweizer's book Throw Them All Out. Schweizer works for the Governor's political action committee.






(Video retrieved from Barracuda Brigade)

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Gov. Palin in Wall Street Journal: How Congress Occupied Wall Street

Governor Palin penned the following op-ed in the Wall Street Journal, continuing her fight against the disgrace of corruption and crony capitalism:

Mark Twain famously wrote, "There is no distinctly native American criminal class except Congress." Peter Schweizer's new book, "Throw Them All Out," reveals this permanent political class in all its arrogant glory. (Full disclosure: Mr. Schweizer is employed by my political action committee as a foreign-policy adviser.)

Mr. Schweizer answers the questions so many of us have asked. I addressed this in a speech in Iowa last Labor Day weekend. How do politicians who arrive in Washington, D.C. as men and women of modest means leave as millionaires? How do they miraculously accumulate wealth at a rate faster than the rest of us? How do politicians' stock portfolios outperform even the best hedge-fund managers'? I answered the question in that speech: Politicians derive power from the authority of their office and their access to our tax dollars, and they use that power to enrich and shield themselves.

The money-making opportunities for politicians are myriad, and Mr. Schweizer details the most lucrative methods: accepting sweetheart gifts of IPO stock from companies seeking to influence legislation, practicing insider trading with nonpublic government information, earmarking projects that benefit personal real estate holdings, and even subtly extorting campaign donations through the threat of legislation unfavorable to an industry. The list goes on and on, and it's sickening.

Astonishingly, none of this is technically illegal, at least not for Congress. Members of Congress exempt themselves from the laws they apply to the rest of us. That includes laws that protect whistleblowers (nothing prevents members of Congress from retaliating against staffers who shine light on corruption) and Freedom of Information Act requests (it's easier to get classified documents from the CIA than from a congressional office).

The corruption isn't confined to one political party or just a few bad apples. It's an endemic problem encompassing leadership on both sides of the aisle. It's an entire system of public servants feathering their own nests.

None of this surprises me. I've been fighting this type of corruption and cronyism my entire political career. For years Alaskans suspected that our lawmakers and state administrators were in the pockets of the big oil companies to the detriment of ordinary Alaskans. We knew we were being taken for a ride, but it took FBI wiretaps to finally capture lawmakers in the act of selling their votes. In the wake of politicos being carted off to prison, my administration enacted reforms based on transparency and accountability to prevent this from happening again.

We were successful because we had the righteous indignation of Alaskan citizens on our side. Our good ol' boy political class in Juneau was definitely not with us. Business was good for them, so why would they want to end "business as usual"?

The moment you threaten to strip politicians of their legal graft, they'll moan that they can't govern effectively without it. Perhaps they'll gravitate toward reform, but often their idea of reform is to limit the right of "We the people" to exercise our freedom of speech in the political process.

I've learned from local, state and national political experience that the only solution to entrenched corruption is sudden and relentless reform. Sudden because our permanent political class is adept at changing the subject to divert the public's attention—and we can no longer afford to be indifferent to this system of graft when our country is going bankrupt. Reform must be relentless because fighting corruption is like a game of whack-a-mole. You knock it down in one area only to see it pop up in another.

What are the solutions? We need reform that provides real transparency. Congress should be subject to the Freedom of Information Act like everyone else. We need more detailed financial disclosure reports, and members should submit reports much more often than once a year. All stock transactions above $5,000 should be disclosed within five days.

We need equality under the law. From now on, laws that apply to the private sector must apply to Congress, including whistleblower, conflict-of-interest and insider-trading laws. Trading on nonpublic government information should be illegal both for those who pass on the information and those who trade on it. (This should close the loophole of the blind trusts that aren't really blind because they're managed by family members or friends.)

No more sweetheart land deals with campaign contributors. No gifts of IPO shares. No trading of stocks related to committee assignments. No earmarks where the congressman receives a direct benefit. No accepting campaign contributions while Congress is in session. No lobbyists as family members, and no transitioning into a lobbying career after leaving office. No more revolving door, ever.

This call for real reform must transcend political parties. The grass-roots movements of the right and the left should embrace this. The tea party's mission has always been opposition to waste and crony capitalism, and the Occupy protesters must realize that Washington politicians have been "Occupying Wall Street" long before anyone pitched a tent in Zuccotti Park.

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Gov. Palin Talks to Hannity Tonight

Governor Palin will be Sean Hannity's guest tonight on his television show, which airs on Fox News at 9 p.m. Eastern.

It appears that Sean will ask the Governor about her 2012 presidential endorsement. Of course, just two nights ago on Greta Van Susteren, she stated she isn't ready to endorse anyone yet. Tune in to hear what she does have to say.

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Governor Palin Assesses GOP Field

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Governor Palin gave a thorough assessment of several GOP presidential candidates tonight in her interview with Greta Van Susteren. She did not endorse one particular candidate, which doesn't surprise me at all given the current field.

What I did take note of is the fact that she did not reiterate her oft quoted "Anybody but Obama." Instead, she said it was important who we replace him with, which is something I have felt all along. After all, it wouldn't take much to do better than President Obama, so the goal must be much more than that. The question is, of course, who is the best person to take the reins? As far as I'm concerned, that person is not in the race, but you can watch her interview below:


(Video retrieved from SarahNET)

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Governor Palin Goes 'On the Record' About 2012 Tonight

Governor Palin will be Greta Van Susteren's guest tonight. On the Record airs at 10 p.m. Eastern, and according to Greta Wire, the Governor will discuss the 2012 presidential race:

The 2012 race has now drifted into surprise and intrigue mode. Each day seems to have a stunning development (yes, never dull!) Make sure you tune in tonight to ON THE RECORD at 10pm…Governor Sarah Palin is our guest ..

According to Fox News Insider, Governor Palin will divulge which candidate she believes has the best chance of defeating President Obama.

(h/t Ron Devito)

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'Going Rogue' Reveals Palin Paradigm

Monday, November 14, 2011

Like most of Governor Palin's supporters, and many of her detractors, I read Going Rogue the moment it hit the shelves in late 2009 to get a deeper sense of who she is, what she's accomplished, and where she might be headed. I have also listened to the CD several times and continue to do so, over and over.

In spite of having digested its contents a plethora of times, my favorite part remains unchanged. Every time I hear the Governor's voice reading that portion, I have to rewind it and listen again--and again. It resonates in my spirit, encouraging me greatly. I know, from my own personal experience, exactly what she means, so I grab ahold of every word and the spirit behind it. In addition, this portion, without question, is the single most powerful tool to understanding how she arrived where she is today and how she will fulfill her destiny in life--whatever that destiny is.

Pages 103-104, which ends chapter 2, reads:

There was a longing inside me that winter, a sense of purpose hovering just beyond my vision. Was it ambition? I didn't think so. Ambition drives; purpose beckons. Purpose calls.

I definitely wasn't driven toward any particular goal, like power or fame or wealth. So what was it? I wondered, as Piper's sweet breath against my neck matched the rocker's rhythmic glide. I prayed again that if I was to resign myself to what felt like a public service career cut short, that I'd embrace being home full-time. I asked that the fire in my belly, and whatever was feeding it, would simmer down.

I thought of a passage from the book of Jeremiah 29: 11-13: "'For I know the plans that I have for you,' declares the Lord. 'Plans for peace and not for calamity, to give you a future and a hope. When you call upon Me I will hear you, when you search for Me you will find Me; if you seek Me with all your heart.'"

It irked me that too often women are made to feel guilty for seeking the next open door, no matter what career choices we make. That seems universal. But one doesn't just create passion, nor consciously generate the feeling that there's a door standing open somewhere, even if you can't see it yet. And it wasn't anyone who pressured me: "Sarah, you've got to get out there and fly! Go do more!" But I knew there was something more.

I thought of the graduation speeches I had been honored to give over the years as mayor and began to apply their message to myself. I often told the kids to ask themselves: "What gets you excited to wake up in the morning? Is it science? Art? Children, animals, books, sports, mechanics? What is the desire of your heart?

I'd add: "God put those in you not to tease or frustrate you--He created them in you to give you direction! To put you on the right path--He bridles your passion! So stop and think about what you love to do, then look for signposts along the way that confirm you're on the right path to doing that--doors opening, people with your best interests at heart supporting what you're doing."

I wasn't sure what I was to do next, yet. But I also knew I was blessed with a supportive family and a husband who took joy in my working hard, so I knew I had options. As I rocked my daughter all those dark nights, I knew that what still stirred passion in me was the desire to make a positive difference for others, not just in my family and community but in the wider world as well. I resolved to seek confirming signs along the way--the open doors--to show me the right road.

Nevermind what this speaks to me, to my own life. At a time when many of Governor Palin's most ardent supporters are still trying to come to grips with her October 5th announcement that she is not seeking the GOP nomination, and others, not willing to let go yet, look for ways to convince her to reconsider, I believe we can get a very good look at how she's always conducted herself and how she will continue to conduct herself. Her modus operandi--her paradigm--is summed up in my favorite passage. What I take away from it is certainly not earth-shattering, but it merits explication, particularly at this time:

1. She is well aware that she has been called to great purpose.
What distinguishes Governor Palin from many others is that she truly is a public servant. She's not driven by aspirations of grandeur. Her ascendancy is the result of pursuing her purpose, not fixating on fame and fortune.

2. The fire in her belly is nothing new.
Greta Van Susteren asked her about it, but this certainly wasn't the first time she acknowledged it. Indeed, she's possessed that fire for a long time. Nonetheless, she submitted that fire to God, to the point of even asking God to remove it, if need be, proving again that she's more interested in where she's supposed to be and what she's supposed to be doing than she is in forging her own way and doing her own thing. She doesn't deny the fire; she's just willing to lay it down. However, as she now knows, no doubt, it was God who put it in her, and He knows exactly how to use it.

3. Outside pressure is not the motivating factor in her life.
The beckoning Governor Palin felt, and ultimately acted upon, wasn't because of any pressure others put on her. No one had to push her forward or tell her there was more. She knew it already. I submit that she knew it more than those around her did, just as she knows it more today than her supporters do. After all, it's her belly; she can feel the fire! She embraced her destiny because she could sense it. She was not oblivious to it. Perhaps it took her some time that winter, sitting in her rocker, holding baby Piper and praying, to know what was next, but she knew there was a next, and she was willing to seek the way to get there. I'm convinced that she would never ignore the answers she receives as she seeks them, no matter the pressure.

4. She never conjures up passion.
Passion isn't manufactured, she realizes. How true. Countless times people try to feign excitement about some issue or movement. That might work for a while, but eventually faking gets wearisome. Many times I've heard: "Some things are taught, and some things are caught." Passion is one of those things that cannot be taught; it's caught--or it isn't. If you don't have it, you'll soon know--and so will others. Governor Palin exudes passion, which is the only way she could possibly have remained such a vital part of the political landscape after all the smears, lies, and innuendoes she's endured with such stamina and grace.

5. Family is a vital part of her decision-making process.
The Governor finds peace in knowing that she has a family who knows she's been called to make a difference--first, to her own family; then, to her community; and finally, to the world. Their support gives her the freedom to exercise options in life. Every success she's enjoyed is the result of her family cheering her on. They will always be a part of what she chooses--or doesn't choose--to pursue.

6. What draws her directs her.
Governor Palin is aware God puts things in everyone's path to lead us forward, not to drive us up a wall with frustration. In other words, we are to do something with the something that is within us. The key is to look for the open doors so we can walk through them. We are to look for things that confirm the road we are to be on. We can be assured that this message she often shared with high school graduates and eventually with Going Rogue readers is a message that she takes to heart personally. It was never lost on her, and she has not since forgotten. How could she? Everywhere she looks, the Governor must see open doors, must see people supporting her efforts, and must see signposts pointing. I have no doubt, therefore, that she must say to herself, as she so often says to others, "The world is your oyster."

There was a time I thought I knew Governor Palin's next step. I cannot say that with certainty now. Though I do not know details, I do know destiny when I see it--and I continue to see that all over her. As Going Rogue has become a constant in my life, allowing me a look into what has made Governor Palin who she is, my favorite passage continues to give me confidence that she has the right idea when it comes to knowing how to move forward even now. I am convinced that she has the right approach to meeting life's challenges and decisions. Because of this, I am also convinced she won't miss the open doors that are set before her, including ones that lead her down the path of further impacting our country. However that ends up playing out, I trust that America will be the better for it.

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Foreign Policy GOP Debate Tonight; Updated with Livestream Link

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Tonight, there is yet another GOP presidential debate. No one can ever say they didn't have ample opportunity to hear these candidates answer questions. Held in South Carolina, the debate will be the first one televised on a national broadcast network and will focus mostly on foreign policy. Tune in to CBS at 8 p.m. Eastern for the 90 minute event.

UPDATE: You can watch the debate via livestream here.

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Bret Baier Interviews Governor Palin Tonight for Iowa Special; Updated

Friday, November 11, 2011

Bret Baier is hosting an Iowa special on Fox News tonight at 10:00 p.m. Eastern. During that special, he will conduct an interview with Governor Palin in addition to interviewing Tim Pawlenty, Herman Cain, Newt Gingrich, and Michele Bachmann. Iowa, of course, is vital to the 2012 presidential picture. I look forward to hearing what he asks Governor Palin and what her responses will be.

UPDATE: I'm not sure what happened to the interview, but there wasn't one. Showing her for a couple seconds at the Iowa State Fair doesn't qualify. Did Fox lead people on for ratings?

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Gov. Palin: If You Love Freedom, Thank a Vet!

Governor Palin, via Facebook:

I proudly display a bumper sticker that proclaims “If you love your freedom, thank a vet!” It was on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918 that the armistice between Germany and the Allied nations was formed. A year later the White House commemorated the day as one to be “filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service and with gratitude for the victory.” Years later 11-11 was officially declared Veterans Day.

We are thankful for this day being set aside to remember our vets, and many of us are overwhelmed with pride and respect for those we honor today. America's men and women in uniform selflessly sacrificed – some giving all – to protect the freedom and opportunities we enjoy today. In honor of everything our veterans have given, I implore Americans to remember them and thank them. And I ask that as a nation we not squander what they have fought to protect: American Exceptionalism that was based on free men and free markets.

May God bless, protect, and heal the hurts of America's finest. God bless our veterans.

- Sarah Palin

Governor Palin added this picture:


This is my Uncle Mike, Uncle Brian, Aunt Peg, and Uncle Pat. They all served at the same time in the Air Force and set an example for our family's next generations to choose military service.

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Happy Veterans Day 2011

I appreciate our brave men and women who have served and are serving in the military. Where would we be without people who have committed themselves to preserving freedom?

The Armistice was signed on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918. Today, on 11-11-11, we honor our military vets.

God bless America.

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U.S. Marine Corps Celebrates 236 Years

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Today, I learned from a Governor Palin tweet, is the 236th birthday of the United States Marines. I'm so grateful for their service to this country.

Her tweet:

Happy 236th Birthday, U.S. Marine Corps! Thank you for your service. #SemperFi @USMC

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Governor Palin: Fire Eric Holder

Via Facebook, Governor Palin makes it plain: Eric Holder must go:

It’s tempting to get distracted with the horse race aspect of electoral politics during a primary season. But as pundits talk about “who’s up and who’s down” in the 24 hour news cycle, we must keep our eye on the ball with the Obama administration. They rely on distraction to skirt responsibility, but we’re going to hold them accountable for their corruption and incompetence.
 
When the stories about Operation Fast and Furious first broke, it sounded too crazy even for this administration.
 
Why would any government official with an ounce of common sense think it’s a good idea to facilitate the smuggling of thousands of guns into the hands of violent Mexican drug cartels? That’s what Operation Fast and Furious did.
 
You might think Eric Holder’s Department of Justice was setting up a sting operation in which our federal agents would swoop down and arrest the bad guys the minute the guns traded hands. But that’s not what happened. Eric Holder’s DOJ had American gun dealers sell weapons to “straw purchasers” tied to drug cartels without actually following the movement of the guns as they were then sold to Mexican drug lords. They apparently thought this so-called “gun-walking” operation would help them chart the path of gun smuggling, but they didn’t have a plan to actually control the weapons’ movements as the guns were allowed to “walk” into Mexico. All Holder’s DOJ did was arm violent criminals. What manner of fools do we have working in this administration? What’s next? Supplying nuclear weapons components to the Iranians so we can track their activities?
 
Fast and Furious isn’t just your typical government incompetence. This is a deadly tragedy. U.S. border agent Brian Terry was gunned down with weapons connected to Holder’s debacle. At least 200 Mexican citizens were also killed by criminals using Fast and Furious weapons. We can only imagine how many more people will be murdered by criminals our government armed.
 
When an agent with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives blew the whistle on this operation, the DOJ leaked sensitive information about him to the press. This week, the former U.S. Attorney for Arizona, who was ousted in the wake of the scandal, admitted to being the leaker.
 
And where is President Obama’s Attorney General Eric Holder in all of this? When did he first know about the operation? In his testimony to the House Oversight Committee on May 3, 2011, Holder stated, “I probably heard about Fast and Furious for the first time over the last few weeks.” But the DOJ’s own documents prove that Holder had been receiving briefings on Fast and Furious for nearly a year before that date. In other words, our government’s top law enforcement official, Eric Holder, lied to the American public. He finally admitted this week to the Senate Judiciary Committee, “In my testimony before the House committee [on May 3], I did say a few weeks. I probably could have said a couple of months. What I said about a few weeks was inaccurate based on what happened.”
 
When the nation’s highest law enforcement official lies to the American people, he must go.
 
And if he claims that he didn’t lie, then how else do we explain this situation? He’s either lying or he’s so grossly incompetent and lazy that he didn’t read important life and death briefings from his deputy attorney general and didn’t know about this deadly operation run by people under him. So, which is it? Incompetent, lazy, or lying? No matter which explanation fits, he needs to go.
 
Holder conceded this week, “I have ultimate responsibility for what happens in the department.” He can prove it by resigning. And if he refuses to resign, then President Obama – with whom the bucks ultimately stop – can prove that he respects honesty, transparency, and accountability in his administration by firing Holder.
 
I stand with the members of Congress who are calling for Holder’s resignation. I stand with the family members of Brian Terry who are demanding transparency and accountability. Mr. President, where do you stand?
 
- Sarah Palin
 
P.S. It can be argued that some elements of this scandal give the appearance of perhaps being intended to be used to infringe on our Second Amendment rights. I invite our President to correct concerned Americans if they’re wrong on this.

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Tonight's GOP Presidential Debate

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Another GOP presidential debate takes place tonight. It will air on CNBC from 8:00 until 9:30 p.m. Eastern. You can also watch the livestream here.

Tonight's debate will focus on the economy, which the candidates state is their top priority, as it is Americans' top concern.

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Herman Cain 'Sexual Harassment' Press Conference

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Herman Cain held a press conference today to address the recent sexual harassment allegations made by Sharon Bialek, who has chosen to be represented by none other than Gloria Allred. I could say much about that, but the name Allred speaks volumes all by itself--none of it good.

Cain maintains that he has never harassed anyone and declares that he will "vigorously" defend his character and reputation. After the presser, he took questions from the media. It's definitely worth watching.


(Video retrieved from The Right Scoop)

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Herman Cain and Newt Gingrich Face Off Tonight

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Tonight, C-SPAN is airing a Lincoln-Douglas style debate featuring presidential candidates Herman Cain and Newt Gingrich. Hosted by the Texas Tea Party Patriots PAC, the debate begins at 8:00 p.m. Eastern.

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Gov. Palin's Robocall for Todd P'Pool

Friday, November 4, 2011

Governor Palin endorsed Kentucky's Todd P'Pool via Facebook today. She also recorded the following robocall:


(h/t C4P)

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Gov. Palin: Support Ohio’s Issue 2 and Kentucky’s Todd P’Pool Next Tuesday

Governor Palin, via Facebook:

Next Tuesday, November 8, there are elections in several states. Here are two great ways you can get involved.

OHIO’S ISSUE 2

As a proud former union member and the wife, daughter, and sister of union members, I’m encouraging you to learn the facts about Issue 2 in Ohio. To the hard working, patriotic, selfless union brothers and sisters in Ohio and throughout our country: I believe that Issue 2 is needed reform. It will help restore fairness to Ohio taxpayers and help balance the budget.

As a former card-carrying IBEW sister married to a proud former Laborers, IBEW, and later USW member, I’m encouraging Ohioans to vote YES on Issue 2. Get the facts at www.BetterOhio.org.

KENTUCKY’S TODD P’POOL FOR ATTORNEY GENERAL

Todd P’Pool is a new conservative leader for Kentucky. Todd is a dedicated public servant in Hopkins County and a community leader focused on building a better future for Kentucky. We can count on Todd P’Pool as Attorney General to stand up and defend our Constitution, to take on the entrenched special interests, fight against Obamacare, and stop Obama’s EPA from destroying jobs.

Please join me in supporting Todd P’Pool for Attorney General. Learn more about Todd at www.toddppool.com.

- Sarah Palin

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Full Video of Governor Palin's Republican Party of Florida Speech

Here's the full speech Governor Palin gave to the Republican Party of Florida last night, retrieved from C4P who gives thanks to "the Shark Tank, commentator snowlinen, and Rubegonia."




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Video: Governor Palin's Republican Party of Florida Speech

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Thanks to C4P, I have this portion of the speech Governor Palin gave tonight to the Republican Party of Florida. The video came from RuBegonia.


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The Vetted One

Politics is a dirty business. Herman Cain is finding this out the hard way. After rising in the polls, he was thrown for a loop with these recent sexual harassment accusations. Now, I wasn't there, so I don't know what went down. All I know is what he's told us, and he's told us that he has never sexually harassed anyone. Now his camp has accused the Rick Perry camp of leaking this information. Whether or not this is true, I have no idea. Again, I wasn't there. There is much we don't know about Cain, Perry, and all the other candidates.

And this is precisely the problem.

How much of our time, when America is desperately seeking sanity, will be spent talking about rumors and innuendos? This is a crucial period in American history. We have a President who doesn't have a clue how to turn things around, as his dropping approval numbers show. This is the hour for conservatives to step in and make a difference. Tired of the status quo and looking for real hope and change, people want to look in a different direction than President Obama's failed policies and total disregard for the will of the people. And what has the front-runner been answering questions about the last couple days? He's been addressing claims that basically suggest he's a pervert. So 999 has to take a back seat to his explanation that he told a woman she came up to his chin and was the same height as his wife!

I like Cain, and he appears to be a man of integrity, but he has yet to undergo the kind of scrutiny that allows the public to see and know him inside and out. I don't begrudge his decision to set the record straight. He should set the record straight. And I totally despise lies and smears against a person's character. But we all know that this isn't going away. And now that a third woman has also made an accusation, who knows what else will surface--even if it's untrue? And what of the accusation that Perry's campaign was behind this? So now Perry will have to stop talking about his job-creation record and discuss this nonsense. I'm not accusing Herman Cain, Rick Perry, or anyone else of anything. I am saying that the process of being scrutinized is hard, dirty, and often not at all fair.

This is why people have been constantly saying that we need the most vetted people running for office. This is why we have longed for Governor Palin.

I don't know the ins and outs, ups and downs of each person in this GOP field, but we're about to find out. Politics, again, is dirty, and everything seems to be fair game. One thing we all know about Governor Palin, however, is that what you see is what you get, and the media has made sure we've seen it all. There is nothing left hidden under rocks or in closets. She is the most vetted person alive, perhaps the most vetted person to ever walk the earth.

As a candidate, she would have been able to focus on the important tasks at hand. She would have been that force tackling taxes, crony capitalism, energy, national security, spending, and everything else America has on her plate. There is nothing left to take attention away from those all-important issues. Everything that could be said has been said. People said she resigned from the Governor's office because some FBI investigation was underway and that soon we would hear all about it. They slithered into her church, looking for juicy jive to report. They filed ethics complaints, causing state and family finances to suffer. They wrote articles and books, even moving in next door to do so. They attacked her children, distorted her record, and questioned the integrity of her marriage. They sent wolves among sheep to uncover any and everything they could. They scoured thousands of her emails, which served only to validate her as a hardworking, competent governor. They have tried everything--and everything has fallen flat. This is why they resort to childishly sizing up her shoes, analyzing her accent, and vilifying her vocabulary. They have nothing left!

It's possible America could manage to survive another term of a Barack Obama presidency, but what will our country look like by the time it's over? Will we recognize her at all? Now is supposed to be the time for a candidate to rise up and challenge President Obama and take America back. Now is not the time for skeletons to fall out of the closets of candidates yet unvetted. President Obama continues to be protected by a mainstream media who fancy him the one. We need the most vetted person--the vetted one--to take him on. Although I'm very grateful she remains in the fight for the restoration of America, that person is not in the 2012 race. I readily admit, too, that each moment a person who is in the race spends answering questions about things that cannot put America back on the right track, or help defeat President Obama, is a moment I am reminded of why I had my heart set on Governor Palin.

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Gov. Palin Speaks Tonight in Florida

Governor Palin is speaking tonight at the Florida Republican Victory Dinner. Here's a look at the invitation:

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